• DST: Is it worth the hassle?

    Show of hands: Who among you forgot to set your clocks ahead one hour before bed this past Saturday and were late for church the following morning?

    Don’t be embarrassed. Dozens of area families likely got a late start. Daylight-saving time began at 2 a.m. Sunday, and, all these years later, some Hoosiers still aren’t used to it.

  • Thank you, Marksmen, for the wins, and so much more

    Basketball remains the king of sports in Indiana and what a thrill it was to watch the Tell City Marksmen notch win after win in what was their most successful season in decades. Add a sectional win, the first since 1993, and it was a season that will long be remembered. But it’s the impressive outpouring of community spirit that also caught our attention. It was that collective sense of pride, an outpouring of support that went far beyond basketball fans that filled gyms in a sea of red-clan fans, spirited calls and businesses and business sporting messages of good luck.

  • Does proposed solar park deserve tax abatement?

    It would be nice if the Indiana Municipal Power Agency would build its next solar farm in Perry County. But if it doesn’t because of tax-incentive hold-ups, there’s no need to fret.

    We recognize our local fiscal leaders have a tremendous task when it comes to bettering the economic climate of this area. That is especially true when it comes to tax breaks for businesses, which can mean boon or bust for the communities they represent.

  • Cannelton needs better cellular coverage

    Recent discussion in Tell City over the location of a new communications tower reminds us of another need: better cellular coverage in Cannelton. Last year city leaders celebrated Cannelton’s designation as a “Main Street” community by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Indiana OCRA is a program that brings opportunities for revitalization to the city.

  • New law would help stop nuisance phone calls

    Hoosiers have had it with unwanted telephone calls. And we think a bill that passed the Indiana House this week could help stop this growing problem.

    Republican Rep. Jeff Ellington of Bloomington is the author of House Bill 1123, which is designed to help prosecutors in charging people who use automatic dialing systems to make unsolicited calls. Such calls violate federal laws as well as Indiana’s Do Not Call law. We urge the Legislature to follow through on this proposal as the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

  • Tell City’s TCE dilemma

    “Who is driving this bus?”

    That’s a question Tell City Mayor Jim Adams likes to use during meetings when it comes to agenda items that someone other than himself will introduce. That’s usually the clerk-treasurer, city attorney, council member or department head.

    A year into Tell City’s nightmare with General Electric and the contaminant trichloroethelyne, or TCE, we aren’t quite sure who is driving the bus.

  • Payday lending needs checks and balances

    State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) has introduced legislation that would lower payday loan interest rates in Indiana. This comes almost exactly a year after a push to grant payday lenders more latitude when it comes to interest rates failed, in no small part due to his opposition. It is encouraging to see that state leaders are taking a closer look at the issue of payday lending, and weighing whether stricter oversight is appropriate going forward.

  • Thank you, Pudder Linne

    The town of Troy’s operations manager, Pudder Linne, retired last week after 34 years of service to the smallest of Perry County’s incorporated communities.

    While Linne, whose duties included oversight of water, sewer electric utilities, had talked about retirement in the past, we know there were many who were surprised and saddened about his sudden departure.  Count us among them.

  • State must reward teachers without hurting support staff

    During his State of the State speech, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced plans to seek $140 million to go toward teacher pension obligations that are owed by school districts, with 100 percent going toward raises for teachers.

    “I believe local school districts should allocate 100 percent of the $140 million to increasing teacher paychecks,” he said during the address.

    He’s also asked for 2 percent for the next two years to go toward K-12 education.

  • A Fourth Amendment win

    Tensions between citizens and police can escalate because of simple misunderstandings. Honestly, it’s difficult for the everyday U.S. citizens to know when a police search is legal and when it isn’t. Conventional wisdom says that if police tell you stop, you stop and if you have nothing to hide, why not consent. But the Constitution gives law-abiding people freedom from undue process. In essence, federal laws give us the basis, but multiple rules generate confusion, especially when a person believes they are in the right.